Aladdin follows the same plot as the original 1992 animated film, with a few changes and additions to give the story a modern twist. Aladdin, a street urchin, falls in love with Princess Jasmine and uses a magical genie’s powers to try to win her heart while thwarting the plans of the villainous Jafar.
One of the highlights of the film is the dazzling visual effects, especially during the musical numbers. The vibrant colors and intricate costumes transport adds an energetic and fun feel to the movie’s many musical moments. Fans of the original will enjoy the new rendition of classic songs like “Friend Like Me” and “A Whole New World.” However, the true standout is the addition of the new original song “Speechless,” which delivered a self-empowerment anthem for Jasmine and added to the film’s more layered take on the character.
Mena Massoud’s performance as Aladdin is charming and likable, while Naomi Scott’s portrayal of Jasmine is empowering and captivating. Marwan Kenzari’s Jafar is also noteworthy, showcasing the character’s menacing and manipulative qualities.
Despite some shortcomings, such as Will Smith’s portrayal of the Genie, the movie still manages to capture the spirit of the original and bring something new to the story. While Smith’s performance may not live up to the iconic portrayal of Robin Williams in the animated version, he still adds his own unique flavor to the character.
Disney’s live-action remake of Aladdin is a fun and enjoyable movie that captures the magic of the original in welcoming fans to a whole new world of magic to enjoy.